The director of the Yiddish classic The Dybbuk is variously remembered as a Polish aristocrat, Hollywood producer, a reprobate and liar, and an open homosexual. But who, really, was Michal Waszyński (born Moshe Waks), the son of a poor Ukrainian Jewish blacksmith, who died as Prince Michal Waszyński in Italy? Waszyński made 40 films with Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, Orson Welles and other stars, but his most spectacular creation was his own life. A fabulist constantly shifting identities and blurring the lines between reality and illusion, Waszyński became obsessed with his adaptation of The Dybbuk and its mythical imagery of the shtetl. A modern take on the narrative of the Wandering Jew, The Prince and the Dybbuk asks whether it is ever possible to cut oneself off from one’s roots, and at what cost. Winner, Viennale Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary on Cinema.

See also: THE DYBBUK

Directors: Piotr Rosolowski & Elwira Niewiera | Poland/Germany | 2017 | 82m | English, Italian, Spanish, Polish & German w/ English subtitles

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)

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